Allergic Rhinitis: Types and Symptoms

Are you experiencing sneezing fits, a runny nose, or itchy eyes? If so, you might be dealing with allergic rhinitis, a common condition affecting millions of people.

Let’s explore the types and symptoms of allergic rhinitis to help you better identify and manage this annoying problem.

Types of Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis comes in two main forms: seasonal and perennial.

Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis

Seasonal allergic rhinitis or hay fever involves allergies getting worse in certain seasons. It usually occurs when particular plants release pollen into the air, triggering symptoms in susceptible people.

Common triggers for seasonal allergic rhinitis include tree pollen in spring, grass pollen in summer, and weed pollen in fall. As these plants bloom and release pollen, individuals with sensitivities may experience sneezing, nasal congestion, and itchy eyes.

Perennial Allergic Rhinitis

Perennial allergic rhinitis differs from its seasonal counterpart in that it can affect individuals year-round. This type of rhinitis is typically triggered by indoor allergens, which persist regardless of the time of year.

Common indoor allergens responsible for perennial allergic rhinitis include dust mites, pet dander, mold, and cockroach droppings. Being around these allergens can cause ongoing symptoms like stuffy nose, runny nose, and mucus dripping down your throat.

Unlike seasonal allergic rhinitis, which occurs at specific times of the year, perennial rhinitis can consistently cause discomfort for those experiencing it. 

Common Symptoms

Whether it’s seasonal or perennial, allergic rhinitis can bring about a range of bothersome symptoms:

  • Sneezing, runny nose, and nasal stuffiness (congestion)
  • Itchy nose, eyes, and throat
  • Watery or red eyes
  • Headaches, sinus pressure, and dark circles under your eyes
  • Increased mucus in your nose and throat
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal polyps
  • Mucus dripping down your throat (postnasal drip) causes a sore throat
  • Wheezing, coughing, and difficulty breathing

The severity of these symptoms varies from individual to individual and can greatly disrupt daily activities such as work, school, or sleep.

Schedule an Allergic Rhinitis Consultation in New York

If you’re struggling with allergic rhinitis in the bustling city of New York, don’t let it hold you back. Contact New York ENT at 212-873-6036 to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward finding relief from your symptoms.

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